The Utah Jazz blew out the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-96 in Game 4 to take a surprising 3-1 lead in their first round series. It’s been a disappointing season and series to this point for a Thunder team that acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony over the offseason to play with Russell Westbrook.
So, it wasn’t surprising that the Thunder’s frustration began to show in the final minutes, but one of their players maintained incredible composure when things got chippy.
Westbrook had a hard foul on Utah’s Jae Crowder with 5:30 remaining. When Crowder went after Westbrook, Melo then jumped in and got into it with Crowder. Thunder center Steven Adams then came in to break things up, and took an elbow to the face from Crowder. Adams handled it like a pro and didn’t even flinch, while Crowder would end up being ejected.
There’s no doubt the drama will still be there on Wednesday in Game 5, when the Thunder face a must-win situation in Oklahoma City.